CADR researcher wins award for presentation at national continence advice conference
25th June, 2019
I submitted an abstract to the Association of Continence Advice (ACA) Conference outlining our approach to a research development project in to continence, living with dementia and carers in the community. I was selected to give a presentation and last week attended the conference in Harrogate.
The conference was well attended by those working as continence nurses and urology specialists. Presentations on the first day were peppered with encouraging quality conversations, importance of robust assessment and skin risks regarding continence issues with patients, families and practitioners. Interestingly, quality conversations was something highlighted as very important by members of the Expert Review Group as part of the CADR continence project.
Day 2 of the conference arrived and after presenting my abstract in the morning session I welcomed the distraction from critical self-reflection by listening to other speakers during the day. Speakers shared their work around engineering innovation for incontinence, physiotherapy techniques to promote continence and an overview of products beyond pads.
After lunch we returned for the awards session of the conference, and to my surprise and delight, I was awarded with the Free Paper Award for Best Oral Presentation.
I was pleased with the feedback from the judging panel who said: “This year’s award winner demonstrated the complexity of issues faced by people living with dementia and their carers, identified the challenges faced by clinicians and developed a conceptual model to aid clinical practice.” It is encouraging to know that there is an interest in clinical circles on this topic and an audience for the outcome of CADR’s research development project into continence living with dementia and carers in the community.